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Flash flood warnings for Kauaʻi, winter weather on Hawaiʻi Island

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HONOLULU — The National Weather Service warned Friday of flash floods and the possibility of landslides on Kauaʻi as the Big Island's summits are issued a winter weather advisory.

On Kauaʻi, Hanalei River flooding has closed the only bridge connecting a remote part of the island to more populated towns on the north shore.

"At 6:26 a.m., the Hanalei River gauge reported a rapid rise in water level, even though rainfall upstream has decreased, and Kauaʻi Emergency Management reports that Kuhio Highway has been closed at the Hanalei River," a weather service warning said.

Princeville, Hanalei and the Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park, among other towns, could all experience heavy flooding. Local authorities said more roads could be closed and there is a possibly of landslides, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported.

The same system brought heavy rain and flood advisories to Oahu Thursday night.

Meanwhile, the peaks of Hawaiʻi Island are expecting more snow.

Up to 2 inches is possible and there is a chance of freezing rain, weather officials said.

The holiday forecast calls for rain and the possibility of a rare island thunderstorm through Saturday morning.

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